Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

When I got home from work yesterday, nothing appealed more than laying down and not moving until the next morning.  I was running on two and a half hours of sleep (reeeally late babysitting gig the night before and a 4:30am wakeup call for my opening shift) and basically, the tank was empty.

I took Irie on a walk around the neighborhood (I’m pretty sure I was sleepwalking but he needed the fresh air), made a quick trip to the grocery store, and settled in to the couch with my latest Redbox find and the sole intent of vegging out all evening.

The movie I got was called Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  I’d never heard of it before, but I grabbed it because Steve Carell and Keira Knightley are two of my favorite actors – but a seriously weird on-screen duo, I would’ve thought.

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Well, Prison Mike and Elizabeth Bennet probably wouldn’t be friends.

But Steve Carell and Keira Knightley totally were friends!  And they were so cute!

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Steve Carell is so endearing as a dramatic actor!

Anyway, it was the premise of this movie that was really intriguing.  To make a long story short, there’s a huge asteroid heading straight for Earth and there are three weeks left until it hits and the world is destroyed.  It was so interesting to see how differently the various characters reacted to the situation – from depression to denial to total “seize the day” attitude.

I was doing research and office work at the psychologist’s office this afternoon, and we talked about this for a while.  It’s kind of crazy to think about the kind of coping mechanisms that your brain would have to activate in order to deal with a concept like the imminent end of all life.  Psychology!!

It made me think about what I would do in that situation.  My hope is that I’d be able to have the strength and presence of mind to take full advantage of my last few weeks, but it’s hard to say that having no idea what I would actually feel like!  What would you do?  I think most people’s first answer would be to travel the world or see someplace they’ve never seen, but in the movie, airlines shut down to prevent mass panic and air travel stampedes.  I’d like to see New Zealand again before the world blew up… can you get there in a boat in three weeks?


Nerd talk aside, I really liked this movie.  It’s a good thing Sarah is out of town because she’s been a really good sport about my indie Redbox flicks, but I think she’s getting pretty sick of them and this probably would’ve been my third strike.  We’ve already seen two installments in the quirky humor/melancholy overtones film category in the past few weeks.

Last week, we watched Safety Not Guaranteed.  April from Parks & Rec, Pete from The League, and Nick from New Girl?  Yeah.  Winning combo.


A few days after that, we rented Moonrise Kingdom.  Too many awesome people for me to even mention (and a HILARIOUS random main kid).


I loved both of them.  Sarah… not so much.  We have not been alternating fairly at who gets to pick the movie for roomie night lately.  I might owe her a matinee showing of Twilight this week… sigh.

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4 thoughts on “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

  1. I’m glad you watched this, because I heard mixed reviews about it. Some people said it just wasn’t believable, but I kind of want to watch it anyway. So, I guess I will! (Eventually…)

    1. Yeah, I don’t know if I’d say it’s super believable (I mean, the whole asteroid thing… although I guess that could happen), but I thought the characters seemed very real. Watch it when you’re in the mood for a happysad movie 🙂

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